Let us cast our minds back one week, to Celtic’s game against Ross County. The Hoops were being held to a 1-1 draw, before Kristoffer Ajer decided to take matters into his own hands.
The Hoops centre-back took the ball in the middle of the park, and slid a superbly accurate pass into the path of Ryan Christie. Christie had stayed onside, and he finished in style, to put the Hoops 2-1 up in a game which eventually finished 4-1.
Ajer’s pass was sensational. It was one that a Celtic attacker would have been proud of. The pinpoint accuracy was perhaps the most impressive part, as Ajer seemed to know exactly where Christie would be running to.
Manager must have been impressed with assist
Neil Lennon would no doubt have been impressed with Ajer’s pass. It is a piece of play that the Hoops should utilise when possible. A good time to use it again would be in Sunday’s Betfred Cup Final against Rangers.
Obviously Ajer’s main role in the game will be to defend. He will be trying to keep the likes of Alfredo Morelos from having an impact on the match. However, when he gets a bit of space and can see a midfielder ready to run onto the ball Ajer should attempt the pass.
Try the pass on more than one occasion
The pass might not work at first. It could be intercepted by a Rangers players. However, as long as no damage as done, then Ajer should try the pass again, until it creates a chance.
That pass is one of a number of reasons that Ryan Christie should start for the Hoops in an attacking midfield position in the cup final. Christie has played on the wing for Celtic at times this season. However, he is far more affective making runs from the middle of the park.
Hopefully he and Ajer can recreate their moment of magic at Hampden Park in a Hoops victory.